Mindful self-compassion 2020 Annual Autumn Weekend retreat postponed

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Autumn weekend October 2020 cancellation ?

It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness that today I am announcing  the postponement of our annual Autumn retreat. I received the message that Willersley Castle Hotel has closed its doors for good. I know how much this annual retreat means to everyone who has attended regularly, building up lasting friendships and connections, and having a place to retreat to each year that feels like home now.

I will be announcing new venues and dates for 2020 and have a few nice places in mind. I will update you as soon as I have more details. I may be running an informal retreat later this year, so watch this space!

For now though, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Willerlsey, Gareth, and the staff team have looked after us for many years now and Willerlsey and Cromford will always hold a special place in my heart. This was a very unique and special place where retreats were supported with compassion and kindness, and dedicated service from the staff, excellent food, and warm hospitality in a beautiful setting. A big bow of heartfelt thanks and gratitude. I wish everyone at Willlersley safe, well , and happy wherever their future path leads.?

Here are some photos from last year as we say a fond farewell














 2021 dates for your diary TBA


IMPORTANT : There is a discount of £30 for those who have attended before,introduce a full paying friend, or are ‘six weekly gatherers’

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If you would like to attend/ any further information for upcoming weekend retreats and next year’s venues please get in touch and I will post out/email  the application form –  for those of you who attend regularly and are joining us once again, there is no need to complete a new form as I have your details securely held-unless they have changed, then please let me know. See below link for further information. You can also call me on 07753 957371.


You can download the booking form for Autumn 2020 here: Booking form Retreat Autumn 2020


I have uploaded some photos and feedback from the Autumn 2019 retreat FYI see below



























Here is just some of the wonderful feedback from the Autumn 2019 retreat:

“Lovely weekend of self-compassion practices and reflection! A great gift for yourself if you are interested in cultivating a compassionate, balanced, joyful life”

“This weekend was a great way to get ready for the darker part of the year. I learned new concepts and met like-minded people. Very nurturing experience.”


“A compassion-filled, skillful guide through from Annette. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle work and life again! Gratitude practice is a joy with Annette”

“A wonderful retreat to refresh, rejuvenate, and connect to our compassionate selves”

“Always a pleasure to be in your company, you’re short of nothing anybody needs”

I enjoyed the most:

“The practices !!!and the poems. I do think they help you build resilience. The warmth and professionalism of the teacher :)”

“The whole aspect of the weekend, i.e.the meditation,body scan- so relaxing, the way you deliver the course, lovely company, food, Excellent weekend”




Here’s some feedback from the 2018 Autumn retreat:


Overall experience:

” 10/10 Excellent retreat and opportunity to reconnect with compassion exercises in a safe and supportive environment ”

“10/10 Its a lovely experience,led by a lovely person. Very restorative. This retreat helped me to ‘feel the meaning’ rather than ‘hear the words’

“10/10 Annette is such a lovely, warm and compassionate person. I found the weekend so relaxing and rejuvenating, and I feel much calmer and more centered!”


“9/10 A fabulous weekend to nourish and rejuvenate – ready to face life again, but from a calmer, more compassionate perspective”

I enjoyed the most:

“Being in nature, self-compassion exercises, connecting with old and new friends”

“Companionship, like-minded people, beautiful countryside,lovely food, and blissful meditation”

“Compassionate body scan, time in nature, meditation on equanimity”

“Annette’s input,company of others, lovely surroundings, the film, the food!”

“The slow, gentle pace, the morning meditation. The company as ever is delightful”

September 2017

“Annette’s weekend offers a relaxing, accepting atmosphere where it is safe to explore and to discover new ways of approaching issues in your life”

“A nurturing and relaxing weekend. A time to step back from life, feel cared for, and, refreshed, to return to everyday life, but with new insights.”

“Fantastic opportunity to retreat from my busy life, to nourish my soul and body, preparing for the next season ahead.”

I enjoyed most: “Everything about the weekend really. I felt safe and nurtured.”

June 2017

“A fantastic opportunity to renew and refresh myself and my practice” Overall experience 10/10

“It’s such a pleasurable experience, with key skills reaffirmed and strategies learnt. Very lovley,in capable hands of Annette”

Overall experience 10/10

“The weekend is a wonderful time to treat yourself to some care and peace in a wonderful setting with great food, to enjoy with no washing up. Thank you Annette for your calm,patient care and knowledge, I had a wonderful time:)! Overall experience 10/10

“This experience gives you a chance to give your mind a rest from everyday worries. An opportunity to chat to other people and support each other. No matter what anyone’s background, we have so much in common!:) ” Overall experience 10/10

Here’s some of the feedback from the previous retreats:

“I have enjoyed so much about this weekend. The attention to detail that you always do is lovely, its so enriching and comforting and calming. It makes me feel safe and calm. The meditations are so enriching. Meeting new people is great. The meals and Castle are lovely- a treat in themselves”.

“Thank you Annette for a wonderful weekend. I have fully enjoyed it and have benefited more than I anticipated.It has really helped me refocus, and ground me”

I enjoyed the most:

“Finding that the retreat really made me feel “away from it all” and my mind was clearer and more receptive to the meditations.”

“Companionship, meditation, peace, and excellent food. Good combination of activities”

“Annette’s beautiful loving care and made some beautiful memories this weekend – lovely group of people – a gem of a weekend away”

“Loved all of the practices.. enjoyed the location for walking/swimming. Great group of like-minded people, lovely atmosphere”

“The people! Lovely group. The morning long meditation, the meals together and the fab food…the general pace and relaxed feeling of the weekend.”. “enjoyed your tender care Annette. Have learnt a lot about myself. Thank you”


How to book your place for all weekend retreats

The £50.00 deposit is non-refundable but can be transferable and refunded if someone else takes the space. The number of places is limited to 14 so do get in touch asap.